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good morning. where the job. employers adding more jobs last month than at any time in the last four years. so why did the unemployment rate go up? into the deep. a massive metal container reaches a gushing oil well in the gulf of mexico as we learn more about what may have triggered that deadly explosion on the rig. and saying good-bye. family, friends and teammates gather to remember university of virginia lacrosse player yeardley love. today's saturday, may 8, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. it's nice to have you back, lester. were you in the gulf last weekend and part of last week. >> a difficult waiting game there then and it is is now for where the oil will go. and the immediate thing, thousand stop it. one of the first signs of progress in the effort to contain it. workers were able to lower a four-story container structure almost a mile down that guided it to hover just above the rep cherred well trying to repair the ground beploep we'll tell you about the next critical steps in a few minutes. and then look at a city on edge. after the latest scare in new york times square, a suspicious package not far from where the car loaded with explosives was found last weekend. the first of many false alarms. this morning a look at what some are calling the new normal. also, important health news this morning. an outbreak of potentially deadly e. coli bacteria.
the apparent source this time, lettuce that has made its way to almost half the states. at least 19 people have gotten sick. we'll have a full report on where all this is taking place in a bit. plus a side of laura bush we haven't seen before. she's not telling all, she certainly revealing a great deal about what it was like in the bush white house. we'll talk with her about her candid new book called "spoken from the heart." and the wild week on the economy and jobs. we start with our white house correspondent savannah guthrie. >> reporter: the president brought out his entire economic team to trumpet a jobs report that was better than expected. >> these numbers are particularly heartening when you consider where we were a year ago with an economy in free fall. >> reporter: the economy is adding jobs. 290,000 last month. almost all in the private sector, though there was temporary census hiring. and manufacturing had its best
jobs growth. construction up, too, still unemployment ticked higher to 9.9%, because the government measures unemployment by counting who is looking for a job, and after months of frustration, workers who had given up are returning to the search. >> networking. that's what this is all about today. >> reporter: at this jobs fair in tyson's kwoern, virginia, friday hope was making a comeback. >> very optimistic and persistent. that's why i'm here today. >> i just think the economy is starting -- starting -- to turn around. i hope it doesn't do a double dip, but we'll see. >> reporter: slowly but surely, the economy has been showing signs of healing. corporate profits way up. consumer spending surprisingly strong. even the auto industry has revved back up, but experts say the jobs will be the last to fall in place. >> it takes time to convince business people to go out and hire. they see sales pick up. they increase production, but
they're reluctant to actually pull the trigger and go out and hire somebody. >> reporter: analysts stay will take jobs reports like friday's several months in a row before we really see that unemployment rate tick downwards and we don't expect to see that until late this year at the earliest. for "today," savannah guthrie, nbc news, the white house. for more on where the economy is headed as well as the markets after this week's scary ride on wall street we're joined by cnbc's senior economic reporter steve. good to see you. halfway expected to see you in a neck brace from the whiplash of this past week. >> unbelievable and historic. >> talk about the stock market a moment, but help me understand a little bit, 290,000 jobs added, but yet the unemployment rate goes up. don't follow that. >> you think good news/bad news. more unemployment is bad news except for one thing. it went up because more people enters the work force. some see this as a good sign. 800,000 more americans were looking for work in the month that had been looking
previously. why? because when the job market improves an influx of people saying, yes, i'm looking for work. when the job market is terrible, they say i'm not looking and can't find one. >> these people sitting out weren't really counted on the unemployment list? >> right. call you on the phone, bad times, they say no. in better times they say, yes. did you find one? the answer was no for those people. >> hidden numbers troubling that suggest people are out of work for a very long time. >> it's a tale of two job markets, lester. the idea is, the duration of unemployment, if you've been unemployed 27 weeks or longer, ticked up to a new record of 6.7 million american, the inputs to the job market, new people out in are finding some work. 290,000 workers was way higher than economists expected. >> talk about what happened on wall street. >> do we have to? >> yeah, we do. >> okay. >> thursday, 1,000-point drop. kweep keep hearing about
computerized. what's that? >> i'm slower if you're the slow guy in the class. what's scarier? the market fell by 1,000 points or nearly 48 hours later we don't know why. the latest announcement from the security and exchange commission and commodity futures commission is we're still studying it. it's not clear. in the most advanced financial market in the world, we cannot yet go back and look forensically at what happened, we don't know. an idea a fat finger. somebody hit the wrong button, and spent millions. that's discredited. still looking for the reason for the fall. >> the government is looking, we're looking, what's to say it can't happen next thursday? or the thursday after that? >> nothing at all. should this undermine confidence in retail investors, the answer's going to be yes. people should be worried and the markets have to step up, the leaders of the stock market have to step up and explain this and put this on the fast track. we know that president obama and treasury geithner have tanked
two deputies to personally look into this and we're hoping for some information relatively slow. >> sometimes it's good to be the slow guy in the class. ignorance is bliss sometimes. good to have you on. here's amy. >> laughter, thank you. after the continuing anxiety near new york and beyond, one week after that attempted car bombing in times square on friday, another scare. nbc's ron allen has the story. >> back up. >> reporter: it's the middle of a warm afternoon when thousands of visitors and new yorkers suddenly scramble to evacuate the so-called crossroads of the world. at least four square blocks of times square closed off. while a lone new york police bomb detective examines a small canvas bag spoted by a passerby, left among the tables near a pedestrian walkway. >> pulled both of those plates away from the device, and backing off again. >> an incident like this, you probably had a couple hundred cops involved in terms of setting a perimeter around it.
some of the most highly trained people coming to deal with the incident. >> situations on the triborough bridge. >> right now new york city police are investigating a truck -- >> reporter: earlier in this somewhat anxious week, the bomb squad rushed to a manhattan bridge, a truck leaking gasoline. a false alarm. an emirates airline plane bound for dubai, the same carrying faisal shahzad was brought back to the gate. on the no fly list. another false alarm. in portsmouth, new hampshire, surrounding a manhattan-bound bus for some nine hours. reports of a bomb onboard. but that, too, turned out to be a false alarm. then times square again. s suspicious package turned out to be a canvas cooler with bottles of water and a shopping bag. most people here are taking things in stride. >> i don't scare that easily. so, you know. i'm not going to let a bomb
threat or anything else even scare me into leaving new york. >> reporter: meanwhile, investigators tracing the steps of accused bomber faisal shahzad looking for anyone who may have given him money or the plane ticket he hoped to use to escape. for "today," ron allen, nbc news, new york. and mike is an nbc news terrorism analyst with us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> the nypd is reporting getting more than 100 calls a day. up 30% apparently about suspicious packages. is this the new normal in new york and beyond? >> amy it will be for a while, but hopefully it won't be something that's sustained. i believe if the terrorists aren't successful in getting or having a good or successful plot that new york city will bounce back. place. not only new yorkers but the tourist whose come through here. i hope we can get back to a normal normal and not have this to be the new normal.
>> right. give us a sense of who's making these phone calls? who's phoning this into police? are these concerned citizen, vigilants, tourist people who are keeping an eye out, because there is such a big concern? >> i think a little of both. nypd, you see something, say something. its mantra. let police know, the proper authorities know. people responded to that, they're on alert and making more calls. it's up 30%, you mentioned. but i think it will simmer down if there's not another attack or a serious plot. >> any chance would-be terrorists would make these calls to divert resources, create diversion and go about what they really want to do? >> it is a possibility and a concern for police departments. sometimes terroristless try to conduct multiple attacks, they have in the past at embassies in '98. eric rudolph, this -- the bomber for the olympics had a bomb that attacked first responders after they responded. police look at tactics like
this, but as of right now we're not seeing that. these are mostly concerned citizens trying to do the right thing. >> thankfully, all of those incidents we saw in ron's piece were all fse alarms, but do you think that just seeing these visuals make as place like new york city and times square specifically more of a target for terrorists? >> it could. that's unfortunate, because new york city already is the number one target, but i hope that people understand that not only does it remain the number one target it has has the best security in the world and people continue to come here as tourists, investors and residents. that's really important, amy. >> after last week's car bomb scare, the suspect has been cooperativity authorities. that said, have new york city and other big cities altered their security plans, based on any information they're getting from this suspect? >> i think surely that police departments around the world now are looking at a little more car bomb. before it seemed to be small packages going in subways. they're not moving away from that.
a big threat. london, madrid, subways systems in attack. here a car bomb, open area. i think shifting tactices to look at all of those potential targets but can't just run around at and chase the last attack. there is to be ready for the whole range of possible incidents. >> michael sheehan, thanks so much. >> thank you, amy. >> now here's amy. heading to the gulf of mexico for latest in the big oil leak. first reports of what may have caused the explosion of the drilling rig are now emerging. the associated press is reporting that it was brought on by a double of methane gas that escaped from the well and expanded as it shot up the drilling column. meanwhile, nbc's anne thompson is following the attempts to cap off the well. big step yesterday. the latest, anne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. 50 miles out at sea at the leak site, crewing are keeping a very close eye on that containment dome as it settled into the seafloor, while closer to shore officials closed the national wildlife refuge to the public in order to give the crews some
space to clean up the oil that approached there earlier this week, and to prevent more from washing ashore. the water around the louisiana chand lear islands is surrounded. we found oil 200 miles west of the shore. as we approached the shore friday, a hopeful sign. >> have you seen any oil around here? >> been here yesterday. >> reporter: any today? >> none today. >> reporter: saying the tides and ever-changing currents most likely moved the oil. the chain of berrier islands is part of the refuge where 13 species of birds nest, including the brown pelican.ñr this is the first line of defense here at north island. it seems to go on for miles. two layers of boom to protect the land so many birds depend on. calm seas and winds helped crews at the leak site make progress
in cleaning up the mess. four controlled burns consumed up to 9,000 barrels of oil thursday and more scheduled friday. crews lowered containment dome thursday night, and late friday afternoon, it hovered 200 feet above one the leaks. this leak is gushing 85% of the oil that makes up the spill. >> what we have to do is lower the chamber so it straddles this piece of pipework and will sink down through the mud up to the point that these wingses are on the top of the chamber. >> reporter: if that works, this weekend the pipe will be connected to the top of the dome, and oil could be pumped out as early as monday. now, at this hour that containment dome in fact sits over that big leak, and is settling into the seafloor. once that happens they'll connect the pipe. lester, that presents a whole new set of challenges for these crews, because it is so cold amile under the surface ever the sea, about 42 degrees, that that
pipe could actually clog, and so that's the next hurdle for this system that has never worked at these depths before. lester? >> a lot of folks holding their breath this morning. anne thompson, thank you very much. the coastal communities along the gulf of mexico wait to see the impact of that growing oil slick, the oyster might provide first clues for the nervous fishing and seafood industries. nbc's mike taibbi looks at one oyster habitat off the coast of alabama. >> reporter: on a perfect day to be on the water, we join scientists from the nature conservancy whose goal had been simple. to continue monitoring the artificial reef they've been created the past few months to rebuild some of the richest oyster grounds in the world. >> all we're trying to do is restore some of the injustices we have done to it in the last few decades. >> reporter: they're trying three different types of artificial reef blocks. bag shells, cement spheres and
triangular blocks. this now a different kind of laboratory. can this fragile habitat survive an oil landfall? >> hopefully a year from now, this will be covered with live, brand new oysters. >> reporter: this artificial reef has been in place a matter of weeks but is already turning into a living habitat. several species of crabs have quickly taken up residence. and many types's fin fish quickly used 9 man-made reefs like the real thing. >> what we're seeing are the larval and juvenile stages, babies and teenager, if you will, of these fish coming in and really colonizing here. >> reporter: now the hemorrhages oil is the story. while they're building more artificial blocks on land they're not adding to what's already in the water, just trying to protect it. waiting and watching and worrying, like those who fish for oysters -- >> we ain't going to bti able t work the next four, five years probably. >> i don't know what's going to happen.
>> reporter: and like anyone else who make as living off the living gulf. like restauranteur bobby mahony. >> i just won't be a seafood restaurant anymore, i guess. >> reporter: nervous laughter now, until the fragile ecosystems tell us just how bad the damage will be. for "today," mike taibbi, nbc news, in alabama. heading to the newsdesk. ron mott has the other morning headlines. >> good morning, everyone. we begin in britain where political wrangling continues after thursdayal close election for prime minister produced no clear winner. the conservative party won the vote but fell short of a majority. now david cameron and the current prime minister gordon brown trying to form an alliance. the sides hope to make a deal before the financial markets reopen monday. homeland security secretary janet napolitano travels to tennessee surveying the devastation from this week's flood that killed 31 people. property damage in nashville alone could top $1 billion. the iconic grand ole opry sat
under two feet of water, were able to save some of the hall's most precious memorabilia and country music stars raised nearly $2 million. federal prosecutors disclosed friday lawrence taylor admitted to paying for sex. the hall of famer paid $300 for sex acts. police say taylor raped a 16-year-old runaway. taylor's attorney denied those charges. the owner of the los angeles dodgers frank mccourt order to pay his estranged wife $635,000 per month, half of what she argued she was entitled to. a trial is set for august to decide whether the l.a. dodgers are owned solely by frank or jointly by the couple. finally, mother's day. first lady style. michelle obama hosted a mother's day tea and used the word mommy when referring to her mother marion. she stated her life is better because of her.
wish all of those mom as special day tomorrow. that's the news. back to amy, lester and bill. >> ron, thanks. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here way check of your forecast. bill, good morning. >> you're going to have a sweater on by the end of the show. temperature, dropping. like that summer look, unfortunately mother nature's not cooperating. cold air moved in from canada. northern half of the country, saw snow through the dakotas and snowing in northern michigan. kniss is a ksignificant shot of cold air. rare to get cold fronts that make it through new orleans and into the northern portions of florida, but that's the case today. changes out there and they're sweepi
>> that's a look at your weekend forecast. lester? >> bill karins, thanks. a big recall of lettuce is under way in almost two dozen states, because of a potentially deadly case of e. coli contamination. the lettuce was shipped to restaurants and grocery stores for use in their salad bars. nbc's tom costello reports. >> reporter: the recall involves romaine lettuce sold under the freshway and imperial sysco brands to restaurants, wholesale food outlets, in-store salad bars and a use by date of may 12th. the lettuce is not sold on grocery store shelves. lettuce contaminated with a dangerous strain of e. coli is so far believed to have sickened 19 people, 12 hospitalized,
three with kidney failure. >> toxin enters the body and can damage the blood vessels in the gut, leading to bloody diarrhea, in the kidney, leading to kidney failure and occasionally even in the brain, leading to a stroke or paralysis. >> reporter: the victims including students from three university campuses are in new york, michigan and ohio. >> we need to figure out in our community exactly what type of lettuce our cases consumed and where they got that. >> reporter: the recall has now spread to 23 states and d.c., because that's where the lettuce was shipped. including salad bars and delis run by kroger, giant eagle, ingles markets and marsh. they usually involve symptoms of diarrhea but can worsen quickly. so far the fda hasn't identified the source of contamination. meanwhile, strengthening the food safety laws from the farm to the grocery store remains stuck in the senate. >> with a dozen people in the
hospital, three people with life-threatening conditions, it's time for the senate to act. >> reporter: now an urgent push to find the source of this latest e. coli outbreak. for "today," tom costello, nbc news, washington. still to come here this morning, catch him if you can. the teenage thief for years that outsmarted the police. first, still to come on s
stabbing. they have little to go. aidman was rushed to shock trauma after being stabbed at 4:30. it happened on franklin avenue. police have not identified the victim. also, still no word on what started a three alarm fire in east baltimore. flying over the 700 block of north calling an avenue. firefighters say two adjoining homes were also damaged by the flames. no one was injured. a scare at bwi has turned out to be a false alarm. the continental flight was coming in from york when the crew reported unruly behavior on board. how did it all start? in this bathroom panel was discovered in flight. a passenger saw the man coming from the bathroom and assumed the worst.
bg &e -- they want to race -- the raise the cost of delivering the gas and power lines. if approved by state regulators, the average customer with the monthly increase of $2 in their electricity bill. $4 in their gas bill. however, they do say that the average bills should be lower overall because of falling energy costs. that is what we reported last month. stay with us. stay with us.
a little sprinkle activity trying to come out of these clouds. this is a lot less activity than this route was producing a little while. -- and this friend was producing a little while ago. a cold front is coming in. take a look at the situation outside. the barometer is really a low. did we have a south wind at is some -- at 8 miles per hour. wind advisories are out. strong north to northwest winds gusting to about 40 miles per hour. partly cloudy skies. 75-79, the high temperature. that will be this morning. ,he forecast for mother's day it will only be around 60. we will start the morning out around 40. >> thank you for joining us. we will see you back here in 25 minutes.
we are back on this saturday morning, may 8, 2010. some sun to start the day here on rockefeller plaza. unfortunately, i don't think the weather's going to be quite as nice for mothers here in the northeast. we're going to head outside in a bit. back inside studio 1a, i'm amy robach along with lester holt. coming up this half hour, remembering university of virginia lacrosse player yeardley love. >> family, friend and teammates gather as love is laid to rest in baltimore, maryland. this as we're learning more about her alleged killer george huguely. a loesser look at domestic violence on campus. more common that you might think. and "spoken from the heart,"
former first lady laura bush speaks out and she hits ton all, including the former first couple's first day as ordinary citizens. it might surprise you to hear what it was like to go from all of the noise to a lot of quiet. that's coming up. >> probably welcome, on some levels. a bit late e, the one and only betty white. this 88-year-old golden girl is taking hollywood by storm and this weekend taking new york by storm, hosting "snl." we'll look at what to expect on tonight's broadcast coming up. >> i really hope we can stay up for that. first, to catch a thief. he's 19 years old and pulled off stealing boats, cars and even an airplane. his name is colton harris moore and police can't find him. we have the story. >> reporter: colton harris moore, everyone here on the san juan islands off the coast of seattle knows the name. and so do people who have never been to the san juans, because
courtesy of the internet, 19-year-old colton harris moore is famous. two fan sites on facebook. hats, ties and t-shirts with his face on them. even a song. ♪ what's colton harris moore done to attract all of this attention? he's a thief. he's accused of stealing everything from cash to food to boats to small airplanes. >> he's an extraordinaire. >> reporter: zach sestak started a facebook fan club that now has more than 20,000 fans. colton grew up on this island close to the san juans. josh remembers colton as a kid coming into his family's store. >> i would see nothing in him that wanted to contribute. it was, what can i get that isn't mine?
>> reporter: at 12, he was convicted of possession of stolen property. by 15, he was accused of committing dozens more crimes. mostly theft. he was sentenced to a minimum security facility in 2007, just a year later, colton escaped and has been out of the slam and on the lam ever since. multiple local and federal agencies haven't been able to find him. and neither could we. but we did find his former partner in crime. >> my dream, what he shared with me, was having so much money that we could just bathe in it. >> reporter: bathe in it? >> yep. >> and you can catch more of "dateline's" interview with colton's former partner in crime sunday at 7:00 eastern right here on nbc. we want another check of the weather. head outside to nbc
sprinkles and a little shower activity around the area. mostly cloudy skies right now. we break the called up a bit in the afternoon and it' so many people want to take their mom to a nine dinner, out to brunch. your hour-by-hour forecast, get it at weather.com. still ahead, former first lady laura bush opens up about life before, during and after the white house. but up next, friends and family say good-bye to yeardley love. first, these messages. ♪
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love will be laid to rest today near her hometown in maryland. the end of her short life marks the beginning of a long murder case for her accused killer and ex-boyfriend george huguely. at yeardley's wake friday, mourners were crying as they arrived. relative, old friends, new friends. even lacrosse teams from nearby schools. >> we've been crying for days on end. no mother, nobody, should ever have to go through this. >> i just think so much of this outpouring of sympathies to the family, i think it says a lot about yeardley. >> reporter: the family provided nbc news with new pictures of yeardley taken just a month before her murder. they call her an angel, telling us they can't imagine life without her. police believe she was the victim of domestic violence, beaten, they say, to death by george huguely, her on again/off again boyfriend. friends say he hit her before. now police have uncovered new information about george
huguely. he has a longer criminal record than first thought. in 2008, police say huguely jumped off his father's yacht off the coast of florida while drunk. he to be rescued from the ocean. in 2007, he had another run-in with police charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor. he was also arrested in virginia for public swearing and intoxication, and resisting arrest. university officials say they had no idea. >> let me say first that there are a number of gaps in this situation that concern me. >> reporter: but now, lawmakers, including virginia's governor, are considering a xdtough, new w requiring police to alert colleges when students are arrested. >> my three kids have gone to virginia colleges. i have two more getting ready to go and i have a strong personal interest as well in keeping our campuses safe. >> reporter: too late for yeardley love, honored friday at wake, laid to rest today in a private service, and remembered forever by those who loved her.
>> that glimmer in her eye is truly, just speaks volumes of her personality. truly, a wonderful girl. >> reporter: this family has been through so much over the years. yeardley's father died of cancer several years ago. now she's gone, too. lester, tomorrow is mother's day. you can't imagine a worst time for this. not like there's ever a good time for it and, of course, our condolences to the family today for this funeral. >> thanks very much. claire kaplan, the director of domestic and violent services at the university of virginia and joins us on the phone from charlottesville, virginia, and dr. janet taylor, a psychiatrist live in the studio. thank you both for being with us. ms. kaplan, there is a perception that domestic violence is manage that occurs in a bad marriage. do you see it on your campus? >> caller: yes, we definitely do, and i would say my colleagues who have the same kind of job at other campuses see it as well. excuse me. i'd say that it's as much of a
problem if not more of a problem as sexual assault, which is recognized as a serious problem. >> if a student were to come to your office, he or she, with these kinds of complaints, how would you deal with it? >> caller: first thing i would do, other than finding out what the story is, is to do a safety assessment. find out what the danger signs are, in my view, because especially among dating couples, young women in general tend to minimize incidents. they know in their hearts that it's scary, but they may verbally minimize things. and that's normal. a normal reaction. what i do, i don't think that's such a minimal thing. that worries me. i'm concerned for your safety. >> right. >> caller: if i feel there is, they're in imminent danger of any kind, i talk to the person very much about calling police, getting protections in place. the university has the capacity to provide emergency housing and issue no contact orders.
all of those things would fall into place, but one little sad note here in virginia, and this is true in some other states is that dating couples are not protected under domestic violence laws. so with have to uses other means. >> that's troubling. let me turn to dr. taylor here. personal note i understand your daughter attends there right next door to where this happened. what is her sense of what it's like on campus right now? >> she's a senior, and the university of virginia is still one of america's premiere public institutions. it's somber. at the same time, the university from professors has ensured support and also maintained an amazing way of recognizing the significance of yeardley love. >> let me get your take on george huguely, who is the accused in this case. he's had run-ins with the law, as jeff explained. most involving drinking. when you see this kind of beh e behavi behavior, is it tied solely to the drinking? in other words, if you stop the drinking problem, does it go away? >> domestic violence has a lot
of ideologists, certainly binge drinking is a risk factor. when violence happens in a relationship which includes sexual violence, yelling, hitting, verbal assaults, it's a warning as a risk factor. we know that drinking increases impulsivity. bottom line if you're a young girl or young man, because it happens to both genders in a relationship that's dangerous, you feel unsafe, you have to tell someone and get help. >> what's the responsibility of those who may, in this case, may have seen some of this behavior and looked the other way? is there a rationalization process going on? >> well, they're young, and there's a whole no snitch factor. let couples play it out. bottom line, domestic violence is a crime, not a private matter. if you have friends in trouble, tell someone, get help. don't be afraid to speak up and speak out. >> good to have you both with us this morning. appreciate it. we'll take a break and be back with more in a moment. but first, these messages.
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now to former first lady laura bush's much anticipated memoir. it's called "spoken from the heart." a candid account of her life growing up in texas, her life with president george w. bush and their eight years in the white house. mrs. bush, good morning and thanks for being with us. >> thanks. good morning. >> i have to ask after being a public figure, very public for eight years, what's it like moving back into the private world, just you and your husband? >> it's been great. we really have enjoyed it. we love dallas and have a new house we're enjoying and getting to go to the ranch a lot more often. we're having a really nice time. >> in the book you write about coming home to texas after president obama's inauguration, and there being an odd silence. there's no staffers, there's no noise. >> exactly. no one there to help us unpack the cars. george was out in the garage trying to put the bicycles up. >> what has that transition been like?
to have such peacefulness? >> it's been really terrific. it really has been great. i think because you know the dag you're inaugurated that four years later you'll move out and somebody else will move there. but you start really looking forward to the next part of your life with a lot of anticipation, and i started shopping for a new house in dallas a few months before we moved home, and so, really, it was not as difficult a transition as you might think it would be. >> a good portion of your book, though, focuses on your time as first lady, and it is very interesting to read about history from your perspective. what do you think is so unique about this vantage point? being the first lady and seeing the world through your eyes? >> well i think, there i am, right in the middle of it all at the white house. so i saw everything that happened to our country, with a very centered and very close view, and that first decade of our new century was so consequential for the united states with the terrorist attack that happened on september 11th
right in that very first year, 2001. >> you write this specifically. you say, there was i realize now a constant low-level anxiety they enveloped us each day in the white house after 9/11. we were always on watch for the next thing that might be coming. it was the constant knowledge in the span of 30 minutes or an hour, the world could change. there was palpable anxiety each day after 9/11? >> that's right. i didn't really know that, realize that, until i started writing the book and reflected on it. really, when we moved home, after some number of days, i realized that i wasn't stressed anymore. >> a huge sense of responsibility, i imagine? >> right. always the responsibility and the worry that there would be another attack. i mean that was what i know george focused all the time but what i worried about as well, and then, of course, worrying about our troops nap was constant. our troops in iraq and afghanistan. >> you also write about barack obama during the 2008
presidential election. and you say, "i wondering if barack obama who spent far more time attacking george than he did his opponent john mccain would want to amend his words once he discovered the reality of the white house. and he himselfñi confronted by e challenges and crises that hit a president every day all day." is there something specific that president obama said that really hurt the most? >> well, no, not really. i mean, you know, it was the whole, everything was george's fault theme, that i didn't like, because a lot of things obviously are out of control, out of the control of humans, as we know. like hurricanes and other things, but i think -- what happens is, when you live there, you do really realize how every problem in the world comes to the desk of the president of the united states. and that other countries look to us. they look to us to help them solve their problems, or to -- they want our steadfast friendship, and so i think that, you know, that's what you learn
when you're there. is how constant it is, every day, from natural disasters to something like we have right now, the oil spill, and just something every day. >> so moving forward now as private citizen, laura bush, what do you hope to achieve? >> well, i'm continuing to work on all of the issues that i worked on before. i've 5urd hosted the u.s. afghan women council at smun dallas where the bush library and institute will be. we've started programming with the u.s. institute. this council was focus and literacy for afghan women and girls in partnership with the school of education at smu, and that was fun and interesting and something i'll continue to work on and i want the people of afghanistan and especially the women there to know that they have the friendship of american women, and so i'll keep working on that, and education issues and other things through the bush institute.
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her brother to rest. friends and family will gather today to lay loved to rest. police have charged her ex- boyfriend with murder after he repeatedly shook her and hit her head. the funeral be held this morning at 10:00. we will be live outside the cathedral at 9:00. we were the first on the scene at noon yesterday flying over a three alarm fire in the east baltimore that has left several people without a home. the blaze broke out in the 700 block of north collins ave. two adjoining homes were also damaged by the flames. amazingly, no one was injured. no word on what sparked the fire. baltimore county police are investigating an early morning stabbing. they have little to go on. we do that a man was rushed to
shock trauma yesterday after being stabbed around 4:30 in the 5000 block of franklin ave. police have not identified the victim and there is no word on his condition. a development in downtown palace and is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area. the investor building has been vacant for about a decade. the company plans to renovate the 12 story building with offices and parking on the ground level. >> we love the location. we think that there is going to be a lot of long-term potential here for tenants and also for the entire downtown area. >> the project will cost $27 million and planned to take about one year to complete. stay with us. your insta-weather-plus forecast
>> partly cloudy skies out there this morning. there are some clouds and a couple of sprinkles up in polymer county. -- up in baltimore county. that is all that is left of the heavy rains from earlier this morning out to the west. temperatures, succeeded the airport. it has jumped up to 73 now. a scattering of clouds. breezes starting to pick up. they will become more westerly. wind advisories are out for central, northern, and western maryland partly cloudy skies. a morning sprinkle or shower. temperature's only in the mid 70's and falling off for the
afternoon. >> thank you for being with us. we will have another update in 25 minutes. good morning. where the jobs are. a better than expected employment report, but jitters on wall street. just where is the economy headed? after the flood, as nashville tries to recover from a devastating we'll speak with a music city star this morning. and to the rescue. the remarkable story of a california hiker stranded on a beach for five days before help finally arrives. his ordeal, today saturday, may 8, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
back to "today" on a saturday morning, i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. and, boy, didn't that look like a scene out of "castaway" with lep on the -- i think he wrote s.o.s. >> fell down a cliff waiting on a beach. soccer ball wilson? >> yeah. >> spells out "help" there on the beach. help finally came. more on that coming up. our top story, president obama called it hardening news, the creation of 290,000 jobs in april with an especially big gain in manufacturing. >> but an improving economy sent more people out looking for work pushing unemployment numbers up. we'll look behind the numbers to make sense of it all. >> and an update on the recovery effort in tennessee where 20 people died in the flooding, where the mayor of nashville puts damp at $1.5 billion. the stars of country music are playing a big part in helping nashville recover. this morning we'll talk with one of them, singer larry gatlin. >> and oprah winfrey is here in new york with a full week of
celebrations mashing the tenth anniversary of her magazine, in an era when many magazines are struggling, "o" is thriving. we'll talk to her best friend, gail king in a few minutes. and cnbc's economic reporter steve liesman joins us. grace to see you. i want to start with the huge drop thursday on wall street. we talk about computerized trading, but also what was going on in greece. how is what's happening in europe affecting our markets? >> really, it's the, what's happening in greece and the wider concern about some of the weaker european countries be able to repay the huge amounts of debts they've rung up? the pictures of greece, the imf and european union are trying to have greece adopt an austerity package, cut benefits for retirees, that results in that rioting and the fears go wider. to europe, that caused the market to really get spooked
this week, because of both the knock on economic affects from europe, but also the question, hey, do markets start to question the ability of the united states? >> that certainly explains some of the hit wall street took, but not a lot of it. there's an investigation going on about computerized trading. at a time the administration has heightened its vigilance over wall street, is it a big concern several days later they don't quite know why the market fell so quickly? a. huge concern. they're trying to go back into the minute -- i say minute, lester. really, these traits happen in milliseconds. one of the things almost an arms race in the market who could put their trade in faster. they have to go back and break apart all of this data from different exchanges. the best thinking right now is that the anomalies of different rules and different exchanges that caused this to happen, where one exchange slowed down the rate of the decline of the stock and the other let it keep falling. the difference between the two markets hit by these computers programs. i don't want to get too
complicated. think about 2001 a space odyssey, machines took over. that's what people are fearing. >> a little spooky. jobs picture. 290,000 jobs added in april. i know there's mixed numbers here, but in general, was this report something to feel better about? >> this is the weird thing. go over the course of two years downed with jobs, down, down, down. finally we get the big number we're waiting for, nobody on wall street seems to care because they're so freaked out about greece and what happened thursday with the market drop. this is a good number. it's 290,000. it's 100,000 more than expected. it wasn't all government jobs. it was private sector jobs. they went back and revised the prior two months 20 make us think maybe now the job market turned the cornerthe one down side to it, two down sides to it. unemployment rate ticked up. also seen as dw sign, because more people entered the work force. the other problem we have, extreme, the duration of unemployment. those unemploymented six months or longer is rising and the government needs to address that
problem. >> and not one report will come out saying everything's better. >> in about six years if everything go perfectly just the way it's been. >> let me write that down. six years from now. steve liesman. good to have you here. >> the forecast. >> thanks. here's amy. a week after those deadly floods in tennessee the city of nashville is still trying to recover. homeland security secretary janet napolitano is scheduled to tour the damaged areas today, and for the first time since 1975, the grand ole opry will be broadcasting from a different location because of flood damage. joinings on the phone is country music singer larry gatlin who sits on the board ever the grand ole opry. larry, good morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> doing well ip know you took part in the telethon on thursday night with other legends in country music to help raise money. tell me what it was like when you saw firsthand the devastation in nashville? what was your reaction? >> well, absolute shock. absolute shock. the first time i saw it, of course, when it happened a few
days ago, was by tv. i woke up one morning, turned on the tv and there it was. you know. it looked like -- i don't know what 2 was like for noah and the ark, couldn't have been worse than this. devastating. the cumberland river over a mile wide in some places and it got up into the opry, the new what we call the new opry house, those who have been here. the old one, the old ryman auditorium when i first sang in 1972. the opry house on the cumberland river was flooded. two feet of water over the stage. a lot of the archives, some of the -- pete fisher told me, the guy who manages the grand ole opry said he a big mouth bass laying on this desk. it's tragic. that's the bad news. the good news is, the grand ole opry is not really a place. it's not a building. it's the heart and soul the people, the talented people who sing and play music and it's going to go on. it went on last night from the
auditorium which was the home of the opry for many years and will go on again tonight. alan jackson will be there and people have banded together, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart and dig their way out. everybody's helping each 0 other. a lot of faith and heart. >> you mentioned you were manning the phones during that telethon. what were people saying to you on the phone? what were their reactions to what has happened and tell us a little why they wanted to help? >> well, i think it's our nature. you know, every time the world gets in trouble, who do they come to? the united states. whether the a tsunami, invasions you know, hitler trying to take over the world or whatever. the americans are always there. whether it's haiti. so obviously when it's our neighbors, you know, who are in trouble, the other american neighbors come to their aid. i was a little late getting to the telethon. first of all, vince gill and amy grant are wonderful people. they are big hearted.
very generous with their treasures and with their time and vince is well respected. when vicinities puts out the call, people show up. i got there a little bit late and actually talked to folks on the phone, but i was the host of the thursday night opry which is called "opry country classics." i got there's for the big final song. i did do an interview on the nbc affiliate there in nashville, but i talk to some other folks, and they said people just -- you know, they wanted to help. they said some of them gave a lot of money. taylor swift gave a whole bunch of money, but folks were given $1, $5, whatever they could afford. so that's the way the american people are. their big hearted, generous and want to help their neighbors. those of us in nashville and that community really appreciate the help. >> larry gatlin, we appreciate your time this morning and helping us get a better picture was going on and the positive things. larry gatlin, thanks so much for being with us.
>> god bless. thanks a lot. >> every time i see the picture, the camera continues to pan and pan and pan, flood neighborhoods. wishing folks the very west. heading to the newsdesk. ron mott has the other headlines of the morning. >> lester and amy, good morning everyone. we begin in europe where leaders are working on a financial defense plan to prevent the greece debt crisis from spreading. the 16 eurozone nations introduce the plan monday when markets open to help protect the europe oh. european financial ministers hold another emergency meeting tomorrow to work out specifics of the bailout. iceland's volcano is auzing problems again. a spreading cloud of volcanic ash is causing flights between north america and europe to be delayed. flights delayed over spain to avoid the 1,200 mile long cloud. a 100 ton box placed over the oil well which has been spewing 5,000 barrels ever oil into the gulf of mexico every day. bp says once the four-story box
settles properly it will be configured to hopefully funnel oil up to a waiting tanker, as the ap reports that a methane gas bubble from that well caused last month's deadly explosion. finally a hiker in california is recovering this morning after surviving five days stranded on a beach after reportedly falling off a cliff. the 50-year-old man was marooned on a beach without food or water since last sunday. he etched in the sand, h-e-l-p, help. a local fisherman eventually spotted the march and called the coast guard, which launched a search and rescue helicopter. he was medevac'd and currently treated for exposure. he probably had to say you're reek
in georgia, the defense rested its case on friday in the trial of a popular kindergarten teacher accused of molesting three little girls. a case that divided a town. tonya kraft could face decades in prison. many rallied behind her claiming she is a victim. nbc's michelle kaczynski reports. >> there are three children that believe things happened to them that did not happen. >> reporter: she was the pretty kindergarten teacher the kids loved. the outgoing mom, their parents befriended, but now -- >> if you were aware, does that mean you're a child molester? >> no. >> reporter: sitting shoulder to shoulder, seen as a narcissist who touched little girls that visited her home. >> the more that came out and the more that the children explained, it just got to the point where you just couldn't defly it anymore. >> reporter: or that she's the victim. one of the accusers' parents is
an angry ex. another, once herr best friend. the three girls gave at times detailed testimony. at times disjointed but were questioned over and over again at times by people with little experience. the defense says in the beginning two of these little girl was caught touching each other, and that when they were harshly rep pra mantded by an adult, that's when the blame started to shift to tanya kraft. >> i don't know how she got from one point to believing something that's true that's not, but that's exactly what has happened. >> reporter: prosecutors say, nonsense. >> i want you to explain to me this conspiracy theory so i can understand what's promoted on your website, what you told media and what you told this jury in the opening. >> reporter: tonya kraft remaining collected. >> you think that the system just had to get tanya kraft? right? >> i don't know what you want. i want the truth. >> reporter: on trial, basically, for her life.
against a the similar stories of three little children. her word against theirs. for "today," michelle kaczynski, nbc news, ringgold, georgia. up next here this morning, celebrating ten years of "o." oprah winfrey's magazine. we'll talk to her best friend gail king right after these messages. bye momma. i love you. i love you. bye-bye. you be careful on your way home. -happy mother's day. -okay. bye-bye. ♪ ♪
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oprah winfrey. hosting her show from the famed radio city music hall. it all comes as she begins to say good-bye to her 25-year reign. winding down to its 25th and final season, but oprah seems like she's gearing up. the queen of daytime tv has been out in full force, seen this week on the arm of designer oscar day la rent ta at the metropolitan museum costume were gala. the so-called oscars of fashion. promoting her no phone zone a push for drivers to refrain in using phones while behind the wheel. >> take the pledge. >> and now to celebrate ten years of her magazine "o," oprah is hosting a "live your best" weekend. >> oprah does things in a big way. this weekend is no different. >> with a schedule of activities part expert advice, part charity, the event kicked off
this her show and appears to be one big party in the making. this season oprah managed a string of coups in the talk show world, rielle hunter. >> and i think she'll call on those people. and i think they'll run to be by her side. celebrate and ge out with her, 25 years. >> though oprah leaves her daytime talk show, her influence may grow more with her new cable network. for many fans, one hour of oprah programming just isn't enough. joining us from the javitz center in new york, where the "live your best life" weekend is getting under way, gayle king, editor at large and publisher. hi and happy anniversary. >> we look good for ten. don't you think? >> you look amaze. >> i think so. >> oh i want to talk a little about what you're expecting today, about 5,000 women i
think, will be coming through the doors at the javitz center for these "live your best" seminars. what does that mean? live your best life? what are these women going to experience? >> amy, let me tell you, doors just opened. like what you see at the bargain basement. women charge in looking for a wedding dress. now they're charging in looking for a great seat. they've been lining up since very early this morning. i went to a welcome reception last night. i met women -- i'm losing my voice i've been talking so much. so forgive me. i met women moo have come as far away as sydney, australia. four women who didn't come together from sydney. met a woman from ecuador. the youngest i met, 19, had taken the train by herself to get leer. the oldest, a woman who was 87, celebrating her birthday today and wanted to spend it with oprah. in a speaks to what the magazine is. our demographic is from here to here. living your best life is not just words to us. it's something that we take very, very seriously. and i think by the time this weekend is over, people will
feel inspired. they will meet new friends and they're going to feel better about things that are going on in their lives. >> jill, obviously, opera's golden touch has contributed to how well this magazine sells. what do you think it is about this magazine that makes it so special? >> it is -- i mean, it starts with oprah, obviously, who's on your cover every single month, and i think that the optimism that is infused in this magazine through that "live your best" life mission is unlike any other women's magazine. we set out to create something new and different ten years ago, and ten years later i think we're continuing to offer women something that's really, really fresh. >> what's interesting, weeb soon oprah on the cover solo on nearly every single magazine cover, except she shared it with michelle obama and ellen degeneral rowes. two people in ten years. gayle, would you have someone you'd like to see share the cover with oprah in the coming
years? >> that's the thing, amy. it is so hard to -- we don't want to get into the that game of, who do we put on the cover with oprah? as you know, there's a lot of jockeying that goes on. believe me, if we could think of somebody better than oprah to be on the cover, we'd give it a try. whenever oprah is on somebody else's cover, it's a huge sell for them. it doesn't make sense to change. we're really of the if it ain't broke, don't fix it rule. i can't say we would never do that, but right now, no plans to do so. >> if it ain't broke, don't fix it. oprah is containinging things up. ending her show to the disappointment of many across the globe. she's been doing it 25 years. that's a big chapter to close. how does she feel tab? >> yeah. 25 years, amy, at number one. hello. you know, but she feels really good about it, because it's not like she's going to ride off into the sunset. she's working on, starting the oprah winfrey network january 1,
2011, and selfishly, as sad as i am to see the show go off the air, believe me, she feels great about it. we'll get to see more of her at the magazine. that's always good thing for us. >> gayle king and jill, thanks for joining us and, again, happy anniversary. >> thank you, amy. >> amy, thanks. we'll be right back, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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she was found dead early on monday in her off campus apartment. it police have charged her boyfriend with murder. the funeral will be held this morning at 10:00. we will be live outside the cathedral at 9:00 as mourners began to arrive. no word yet on what sparked a three alarm fire in east baltimore that has left several people without a home. where were first on the scene yesterday at noon. -- we were first on the scene yesterday at noon. two adjoining homes were also damaged by the flame spirit it appears that no was hurt. a scare at bwi has turned out to be a false alarm. to the career pointed unruly behavior on board a flight. when the flight arrived, fbi question a man that was very cooperative. it is that the panel was discovered in flight.
a passenger last saw the man to a question coming from that bathroom and assumed the worst. bg &e is seeking distribution rate increases. they want to raise the cost of delivering gas and electricity through power lines and gas mains, not the cost of supplying them. if approved by state regulators, the average customer would see an increase of $2 in their electricity bill and $4 and their gas bill. however, they do say average bills should be lower overall because of falling energy costs. a programming note, the president of the maryland jockey club will be our guest tomorrow on the morning news. even those questions. -- e-mail those questions. you can also send your questions to our facebook page. stay with us.
h x a mix of sun and clouds this morning in a few of those clubs trying to generate a sprinkle in a baltimore county and out west. it does not really amount to much. west of d.c., there is a have a heavier shower activity. moving toward montgomery county. this morning, temperatures are at 73 degrees. the barometer is way down. southwest winds are gusting to 19 miles per hour. the winds picked up this afternoon. when the advisories are out in the blue shaded areas. our forecast today, a mix of sun and clouds with more son this afternoon. a morning sprinkle or shower and then when did this afternoon.
75-79. >> thank you for joining. we will continue in 25 but it. we are back the 8th day of may, 2010. enjoying new york city this morning. thank you for spending your morning with us. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. coming up in this half hour, two words. betty white. >> a lady with so many great high points in her career. on another one, because she's on "snl" tonight, the golden girl. she was sue ann gibbons in "mary tyler moore" and a great buildup as he is takes the stage on "saturday night live." >> we'll have to stay up late noor. we first introduced you to this story about a month ago.
the trailer of this movie got millions and millions of hits on the internet and now the movie itself is finally being released in theaters on this mother's day weekend. we have a sneak peek. i saw it. my little girl loved it so much. so into this. >> was there dialogue or babies? >> a couple words. no narration. you are riveted and can't look away. >> i actually download and watched the trailer. i find that adorable. can't wait to see it. then talking about adding color into your life, home, entry way with a hanging garden. great advice here. >> and potting plants, lester? >> me? i don't know. >> all right. let's get another check, though, first before we get to all of that of the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, take it away. >> we have a lot of special celebrators here. seventh graders from barrenton, rhode island. seventh grade? >> yes. >> what's the occasion for the trip? >> a field trip. >> yeah. >> a field trip. >> you are going to be home
tomorrow? because you all will see your moms? >> yeah. >> looking forward to that. a good time in new york. what we're dealing with the next two-day period. today unfortunately wet weather through much of new england, back up through areas of maine. wet snow in northern portions of michigan this morning. then on mother's day, that storm heads off the east coast. windy conditions. much cooler in the east coast. a new storm system develops in the middle of country. rain from kansas down to oklahoma and areas texas and shower activity in northern nevada. >> good morning. a cold front approaching this morning. maybe spotty showers here and there. temperatures are in the 70's. it gets windy in the afternoon.
>> have a great mother's day weekend. lester? >> bill, thanks very much. she 88 years old and has been tickling us with her pink wit for decades in "golden girl "and all kinds of shows. betty white gives he best assets when she hosts "saturday night live." >> thanks to the internet i'm hosts "saturday night live," but don't believe everything you hear on the web. do you know they call me a cougar and say i'm dating a young hot pip not true. i married him. >> reporter: at 88 years young, media darling betty white is still stealing the show. >> the one and only betty white! >> reporter: with her trade wide-eyed mischief just below the surface. >> i haven't been propositioned since -- what time is it?
>> betty white in "life with elizabeth." >> reporter: white first charmed audiences in the early '50s playing a young newlywed. >> oh, hello. >> reporter: while breaking ground behind the scene as one of the show's producers. >> one, two -- >> reporter: then as the real life newlywed of the host of the game show "password" where she was a regular. >> the password is -- itch. >> reporter: but in the 1970s and 1980s, breakout roles made her a sitcom star and comedic legend. >> our strawberry swirl is ready to serve. well, i december that just goes to show that anybody can make a mistake. even your happy homemaker. now, don't you go away. we'll be right back after this commercial message. >> all clear. >> all right, who the hell is responsible for this? >> reporter: as sue ann nivens on the "mary tyler moore show"
she played against types spoofing her own image. barely hiding a manipulative man chaser. >> i have a work tip for you. sailors and men on chang gangs often sing when doing heavy work. >> did you every know anyone on a chain gang? >> no, dear, but i have known my share of sailors. >> reporter: at age 63, white won over a new generation as the adorably naive rose nilan on "the golden girls ". >> he's sensitive, he's caring. and he thinks i'm neater than hard salami. >> there's a difference between dirty -- >> yes. >> and riske, it's what you don't say that's funny. >> boy, there is nothing more frustrating than waiting for one of these suckers to rise and it just won't. >> reporter: now, the ageless firecracker ignite add new fan base after her winning turn in
the "proposal" and a hit super bowl ad. >> come on. >> what is your deal man? >> oh, come on, man, you've been riding me all day. >> you're playing lie betty white out there. >> that's not what your girlfriend says. >> reporter: earlier she told meredith vieira she's nervous about saturday night. >> ridiculous. i'm scared to death, if you must know. >> i know you've agreed to do any acting, singing, dancing, but no nudity. are you drawing the line? >> very little nudity. just a little, you know, here and there. >> reporter: enjoying a popularity they closes the generation gap. white credits her parents with a sunny outlook we've all come to know and love. >> i know people get bored with it, but they were so positive, and it sure beats the old trinity. it really does. >> i'm a little dutch girl. >> until next time, once more, good-bye, everybody.
>> as that piece was running, we're laughing. so many great moments. did you see the line out here? >> people camping out since yesterday. >> always a line's not like this. >> all for betty white. got to love it. >> going to be fun tonight. anyway, tonight, "snl," 11:30 eastern. up next, adorable to watch. >> the "babies" arrived. first, these messages. it's a revolutionary way to grow a great garden. liquafeed makes feeding as easy as watering. no measuring, mixing or guessing. just attach, insert and feed. plants get the perfect balance... of water and nutrients... to grow twice as big. liquafeed from miracle-gro. and prevent weeds up to 3 months with miracle-gro garden weed preventer.
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it's the biggest and smallest adventure ever. babies, a new documentary follows the first year of life for four babies all at the tender moments captured on camera. >> reporter: it's a film with no narrationened little dialogue but almost impossible to look way. "babies" is a documentary about the first year of life set in four vastly different parts of the world. french filmmaker tomas, a father of three, spend 400 days shooting what he calls a wild life film about baby. the four little stars were cast while still in their mother's wombs. three girls and one boy. this boy comes from a family of
herders in mongolia. hi placemates include feathered and furry friends who sometimes come too close for comfort. the parenting styles are worlds apart but there are scenes we can all recognize. tender, intimate moments between parent and child, and the occasional spat between siblings. [ scream ] >> mama. >> reporter: wei watch as they master their first words and take their triumphant first steps pap movie that attempts to open our eye about the first year of life, wherever we are. tomas is the film's director, and tomas joins us this morning. thanks for being with us. >> thanks have having me here. >> interesting when you first met with the production company they said they wanted to make a wildlife film on human babies. what was your reaction? >> well, i was a bit like surprised by the idea. then i realized maybe there was something to be done about the idea. i have three kids.
i noticed as they were growing up, plenty of smaller moments which could be a little dramatic. a little bit of, real life. i thought by spending the time, we tried to observe the mothers, you could, like, do a real universal story. >> how did you cast this documentary? you were actually interviewing pregnant moms. >> yes. >> you didn't really know who you were going to get. did it matter what the gender was of the baby? how did you figure that out? >> we didn't know the gender. three girls, one boy, which is kwai like the rule, but fascinating to just feel the energy and love between the parents and kind of anticipate the baby would get. all tried to convey love to the kids but what's interesting to do, to look at wait they're going to do that. quite different. >> you had 400 days of shooting? >> yes. >> over a two-year period. what was the guideline you had to follow while making this film? >> well, guidelines was to stay alive and just keep my marriage together.
complicated. adding three kids of my own. and just try to be there at the most important phases. like the first walks and the first -- the first important, we all know, i was virtually traveling two weeks in one country and spending two weeks observing and maybe coming back with one shot. >> what was it like for you, then to watch these babies? did you find yourselves laughing, smiling, getting emotional as you watched them get to these milestones? >> spent more time with these families than my own family's they're part of my extended family, i get in touch as much as i can. i love the four of them. i recognize myself in many of the things i could observe. like the japanese father, for example, always on the computer when with his kid. i'm exactly the same. and i think this is something which can speak to anyone, whatever country is coming from. >> what's the message? what do you want people to take home after they watch this? >> first, i think enjoy watching
the babies. then maybe a challenge, a little bit kind of, the best way of doing that, understanding that there are many good ways, and cultures and we can learn a little about other ways. >> tomas, a fascinating and fantastic movie. i enjoyed it with my family. thanks for being with us. and "babies" is in theaters now. we're back in a moment. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. >> i am lisa robinson. >> our top stories in a moment, but first, take a look outside the john collins. >> is nice out there this morning. it has been trying to sprinkle at us. these calls that we have overhead are left from storms that occurred overnight. a cold front coming in. we will notice the change as we get a little deeper into the day today. the first part of the weekend will be totally different than the last part of the weakened. we have some clout in this overhead, the son is trying to burst through. a few of those calls trying to produce a few sprinkles or little shower out there. little shower out there.